Nebraska 2013

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An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Starring:
Bruce Dern, Will Forte
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach
Director Alexander Payne
Genres Drama
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 14 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach
Director Alexander Payne
Genres Drama
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 14 April 2014
Main languages English

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on 7 April 2014
Format: DVD
Black and white cinematography seems just right for the high flatlands of the Dakotas, Montana, and Nebraska, and I think that what I'll remember most clearly about this movie are the spare images of the land, which Alexander Payne makes sure we see in a variety of lights and times of day. The sense of impermanence in the small towns that are passed through, and in the images of the aging people, suggest that everything changes and yet nothing does. The land looks as it must have looked when Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) was a boy, probably around 1930 and how it looked when he came back from the Korean War to a choice between farming and being a mechanic. Woody is an alcoholic in the early stages of dementia, and he believes that a flier he has received in the mail means that he has won a million dollars, refusing to believe that the flier doesn't promise the million but only a chance at it (if the number on the flier is a winner). His son Bobby (Will Forte), in an unsatisfying job and a problematic relationship, decides to humor his dad by driving him from their home in Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to pick up the money.

It's not easy to say where the power of this movie resides. Bruce Dern gives a totally convincing performance as a stubborn, failing old man, but the movie can hardly be said to be a character study, for Woody is beyond development or self-expression. Always a man of few words (we're told by other characters), he has fewer now that he is failing. There's pathos in this, and there's a sense of how difficult it must be to live with and care for such a person. Woody's wife, Kate (June Squibb), has a point when she asks her son who is concerned about his father, "What about me?
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
I loved this film.
It opens with a shot of a bandy-legged, bony-faced old man with a ragged halo of white hair, ambling along the side of a freeway near, as we find out, the town of Billings, Montana.
Turns out he thinks he`s won a million on a lottery scam, so naturally he takes to the road - to Lincoln, Nebraska - to claim his prize. This doesn`t make his wife or his two sons too happy. In the end, one of them, Davie (played with a wonderful restraint by Will Forte) agrees to drive his dad, whom everyone calls Woody, the many miles to Lincoln.
A road movie!
Well, yes, but this one`s shot in gorgeous black-and-white, and manages mostly to avoid the cliches and pitfalls of the many `young man and his dad bonding on the road` movies - though not all of them: director Alexander Payne (whose superb Sideways was a very different kind of road movie) isn`t perfect, though his film comes close.
Bruce Dern, looking like a startled, irascible, ravenous old buzzard much of the time, has found, at the age of 77, the role of his career. He plays Woody without a trace of sentimentality (he`s had plenty of practice over the last fifty years, after all) and the merest hint of a twinkle in the eye when required.
June Squibb is superb as his small, outspoken and equally irritable wife, who joins them on the road.
Most of this moving and at times very funny film takes place in a small town I have no hesitation in calling Nowheresville, Nebraska. A lot of the state is bleak and unpoulated (like most of the States, in fact) and Hawthorne exemplifies the kind of place you might go to die or possibly to kill someone, more likely the latter. The whole town looks terminally closed - apart from the one or two rundown bars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
'Nebraska' is a gem of a film that has been overlooked by many in Hollywood. However, the storyline and the acting has been given great kudos by those who have seen the film. Filmed in black and white, it brings the melancholy and decay of Nebraska and the life of these characters to the forefront. The story of a man looking for something is told with great charm and many well placed words.

Bruce Dern plays an aged man, Woody, with some senility probably due to his great alcohol consumption over the years. He sits at home and does nothing. His wife, Kate, played by June Squibb, is loud and proud and keeps no holes barred. She says it like it is, and often it is risqué and pretty darn funny. Will Forte plays a son, David, who sells electronics in a store in town in Billings, Montana."another son, Ross, played by Bob Odenkirk is a newsman on the local television station. Mom has run the family for years, Woody with his alcohol, an absent father it seems. Bruce is somehow taken in by a letter in the mail from a firm selling magazine subscriptions but promising a million dollars. Woody decides to go and fetch the money himself. Unable to drive since he lost his driving license, and his wife refuses to drive him, so he starts walking to Lincoln, Nebraska. David realizing Woody is not going to give up decides to drive him. David wants to get away from a relationship gone bad, and the jus time with his dad will be good for them.

The journey is heartwarming and sad at the same time. Will Forte has really shown his acting chops. June Squibb is a true character and deserves her supporting actress role, but it is Bruce Dern who shines. The old codger, not saying much, brain addled with alcohol, but wanting something for his family. Truly an endearing film, anyone who comes from a family will enjoy it.

prisrob 02-26-14
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